SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Northrop Grumman is building a company-owned unmanned aircraft as a development and demonstration platform for at-sea surveillance under the U.S. Navy's MQ-4C Triton program. Triton, based on a Global Hawk airframe, provides a detailed picture of surface vessels to identify threats across vast areas of ocean and littoral areas. With its ability to fly missions up to 24 hours, Triton complements many manned surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. The aircraft will be outfitted with the same intelligence-gathering sensors and communications suite as the Navy's Triton program. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 01/08/13) Gulf Coast note: The Triton central fuselage is built in Moss Point, Miss.